Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to decorate & renovate an awesome navy boys bedroom & all the DIY projects we did like bead board ceiling, wide pine floors, built ins, new doorway & lots of navy paint.
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Awesome Navy Boys Bedroom Reveal
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Our teenage son Bennett’s room is FINALLY remodeled & decorated & I couldn’t be happier with how this navy boys bedroom turned out!.
His Boys Bedroom Before…
Here’s a look at what the room looked like soon after we moved in….
Changing His Bedroom Doorway & Adding a Transom Bedroom Door
The first DIY project we did was to change the doorway into his bedroom to give the hallway & bathroom entrance more space and to give him a door.
For some strange reason none of the bedrooms in our old farmhouse had doors on them to begin with, it’s a little weird… actually, very WEIRD!
You can read more about how we re-configured the doorway to his room here. And…below is what his doorway looks like now!
The transom window is my favorite part of changing the doorway in this navy boys bedroom.
It adds so much natural light into the small hallway outside the door.
We still haven’t decided on whether to paint his door red like the rest of the doors downstairs or just paint them white.
I also need to change out the other door knob 🙂 But I love how the white trim around the door & transom really pops with the blue paint navy boys bedroom.
Adding a Tongue and Groove Bead Board Ceiling
Next we added a bead board ceiling to his bedroom.
This helped brighten, add character & add support to the plaster ceiling that had started to deteriorate.
We absolutely love the character the ceiling gives his room. You can read about how to add DIY a bead board ceiling here.
The ceiling fan & light also add a nice contrast to the white of the bead board & the navy boys bedroom walls.
Painting this Navy Boys Bedroom – Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy
Then it came to painting his room & if you were following me on Instagram or FaceBook you would have seen this …. 🙂
Yup, I spilled a brand new can of navy paint all over the floor.
Painting Tips Learned in this Navy Boys Bedroom
#1 – Never attempt to move a ladder with an open can of paint up top. 🙂
Long story short I scooped up the spilled paint with my bare hands and rolled the rest on the floor.
I do love the navy boys bedroom color and how it contrasts with his ceiling.
It’s Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy which I had mixed at my Sherwin Williams store.
#2 – Dark paints do a great job hiding the imperfections on plaster walls.
Adding Wide Pine Flooring
We had planned on refinishing the original floors but they were not in great shape & after a lead test we found that at least one of the many layers of paint was lead 🙁
We added new wide pine floors to his navy boys bedroom like we did in our master bedroom and Tucker’s room.
The floors look great in his navy boys bedroom & it will be nice to have all the bedroom floors match once we are done remodeling all the bedrooms.
To learn more about installing these wide pine floors in our house, click here.
New DIY Bed for this Navy Boys Bedroom
Bennett also has a new bed for his navy boys bedroom.
Jason & I had agreed that the one we had in here originally was taking up too much floor space & because we had so many house projects to do we would just go buy one.
However, one Saturday when I thought Jason was “organizing” his garage he was actually making a bed for Ben!!!
I was actually pretty mad at him for doing this but I love how it fits in the room.
I added a grey wool blanket from Pendelton to go with his Ikea duvet cover.
Jason used part of Ben’s old bed to make the new one along with some old wood from our garage.
Unfortunately because he made the bed stealthily… & I don’t have any pictures or info on how he made it.
It has a very slim profile so it doesn’t take up much space in the room.
We hung an oar I found in our basement over the bed of his navy boys bedroom as well as a wall lamp we found at the Restoration Hardware outlet for $25.
Jason also refinished the nautical dresser we have in the navy boys bedroom.
We hung a wall map bought at Costco between the two windows of his navy boys bedroom and his curtains are from Target.
DIY Changing a Doorway into a Wall
Lastly we added a built in desk to the one wall in his navy boys bedroom.
There used to be a doorway here if you can believe it.
We decided we wanted more wall space instead of a second entrance.
DIY Desk & Bookcases for this Navy Boys Bedroom
After all, the kid is in middle school & needs a quiet spot to do his homework.
We also made sure that we added a bunch of bookshelves to his desk of this navy boys bedroom because he loves to read.
You can read more about how we created his built in desk here.
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out Bennett’s navy boys bedroom.
If you are thinking about creating a navy boys bedroom at your home, I hope this inspires you to go for it!
by Tara Lehman
Source List for Ben’s Navy Boys Bedroom
- Paint – Benjamin Moore – Hale navy
- Ceiling – Bead Board – Home Depot
- Ceiling Fan – Home Depot
- Floors – Lumber Liquidators
- Curtains – Target
- Desk lamp – Amazon – Canarm ICW299A01ORB10 Taylor 1-Bulb Wall Mount Track Light, Oil Rubbed Bronze
- Bed Wall Light- Restoration Hardware
- Rug – Pottery Barn Kids – looks like this rug is no longer available
- Plaid Duvet Cover & Sham – Ikea
- Pendleton Blanket – Amazon – Pendleton Camp Blanket Lake Throw
- Desk Chair – Craigslist
- Dresser – The Thrift Store
We made some more changes to Ben’s Room… (you can read about it HERE)
Love Bennetts room, especially the built in book case. I spy, Moose, he looks like he owns that room. ?
Thanks so much for commenting and stopping by Lois! Moose definitely loves to photobomb most of the pics I am trying to take:).
You guys did a lovely job!! Love the pic with your dog 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments about my son’s room Johlene!
I love the colors, you did a amazing job, Its funny but I just picked the same colors to do my daughter bedroom in her apartment. Baltic blue i call it. I’m flying into NYC and Its going to be an intersting job.. I love the desk area, and the built ins,
Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments Maria! Best wishes on your daughter’s blue bedroom!
Wow! You guys did an amazing job! This room looks like it should be in the catalog 🙂 I would love for my boys room look like this one! Well done 🙂 have a great weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about my son’s bedroom Terry! Have a great week, Tara
His bedroom looks great Tara! I love the wall color mixed with those beautiful beadboard ceilings! Stunning!
Thanks Cat! I appreciate that so much:). Take care, Tara
Nicely done. That built in desk is beyond amazing! I love the blue, the ceiling, the hardwood floors. Oh girl…you truly outdid yourself!
Thanks so for stopping by to check out my son’s navy boys bedroom and for your sweet comments Jess!
Tara it looks great. The color is rich and sets the tone for the rest of the room. And Jason is a great husband to make a bed all on his own and stealthily as you put it! (Oh the missed photo ops!) I also love what you did with his desk area and that little shelf that is built into the wall is a great idea!
Thanks Mary! I know, I really wish I had some pics of him making the bed! Thanks foe stopping by and for your sweet comments about Ben’s navy bedroom. Have a wonderful week and take care, Tara
Any middle school boy would love this room! Looks like Moose kinda likes it too!
Hi Susan! Thanks so much for your sweet comments about Ben’s room! Moose loves hanging out wherever we are:). I hope you are well and having a great week. Take care, Tara
Im thinking of painting my master Hale Navy, it is so nice to see it in someones room! The room looks fabulous by the way. I am sue that your son loves it.
Thank you so much for stopping by Elizabeth! Best wishes on painting your master. Have a great week and take care, Tara
Looks great!! At least you didn’t spill the paint on the new floors!!!
Ha Caitlin, thank you! Yes it’s a good thing I didn’t spill paint on the new floors:). Thanks so much for stopping by and take care, Tara
Tara! You and your husband did such a great job on your son’s bedroom! Family makeovers are the best! 😀 I’m off to read about the built in desk right now–not sure how I missed that one! Hope you have a great week, Cynthia
Thank you so much Cynthia! It was a ton of work but it feels great to finally be done:). I hope you are having a great week and take care, Tara
What a gorgeous room you’ve given to your boy! I love the navy blue you chose and that ceiling… Amazing!
Thank you so very much for stopping and for your sweet comments about my son’s navy bedroom Cristina! Take care, Tara
It looks great! My son has the same Ikea bedding and I don’t like the paint color in there now. I think I might paint it Hale Navy. I love your house and everything you guys have done!
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment about my son’s navy bedroom Terry! Have a great week and take care, Tara
I love how his room turned out! The bed paired with the navy walls…SWOON! Found you via the link-up at Remodelaholic. Pinning.
Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about my son’s navy room Ashley! Take care, Tara
Tara, that just looks superb! How lovely to see a BOYS room makeover 🙂 I’d love you to come and share this at my Five Star Frou-Frou linkup at A Tray of Bliss. We go live on Fridays. We’d welcome your talent with open arms! Love, Mimi xxx
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my son’s navy bedroom Mimi! Thank you for inviting me to your link party too:). Have a good week and take care, Tara
Tara this is beautiful!!!! So lovely!!! I especially love the desk area. 🙂 Thanks for sharing on the Your Home Decor and More Party!! Hope to see you there tomorrow.
Thanks so much for checking out my son’s navy bedroom Stephanie!
Oh my, Tara! It turned out amazing!! Thanks for sharing at the PPP! 🙂
Wow, what an amazing job you guys did. I cannot choose one particular things I like best, because I love everything. Wow, wow, and wow.
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my son’s navy bedroom Ivory!
Both boys rooms are adorable. My 8th grader would love either one of them. Thank you for sharing the wonderful results of all your hard work, which turned out to be worth it!
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my boys rooms Ivory!